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Spreading the word: How to help someone in a family violence situation

Nov 30, 2021

Legal Aid Alberta staff lawyers share knowledge with the community during Family Violence Prevention Month.

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It’s harder than going to jail: How new drug treatment courts are breaking the chain of crime and addiction

Nov 26, 2021

Legal Aid Alberta has helped open new Drug Treatment Courts in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Grande Prairie this year, bringing a new collaborative approach to courts in smaller...

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Legal Aid Alberta celebrates 22 long-serving employees

Nov 18, 2021

Meet the people who’ve dedicated their careers to the public good.

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Ask A Lawyer: Family violence and the tools that can help protect victims

Nov 9, 2021

November is Family Violence Prevention Month. Sadly, many families across Alberta and the country are suffering domestic violence. It is a disturbing and complex situation that can happen to anyone. There are legal...

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Hearts of fallen soldiers still beat in our justice system

Nov 8, 2021

To mark Remembrance Day, LAA President and CEO John Panusa writes: "Our nation rallied together to shield our democratic rights, embodied now in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

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Meet the new faces of access to justice

Nov 3, 2021

Three recent law school graduates are making the grade at Legal Aid Alberta.

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In The News

Lethbridge’s drug treatment court celebrates one year of success stories
LAA Staff Lawyer Brett Carlson explains that the program accepts people whose non-violent criminal acts are intertwined with addiction and who would face at least one year in jail if convicted.
Lethbridge News Now | November 26, 2021

Grande Prairie’s Drug Treatment Court now in operation
Sonya Haer, a Lawyer and Drug Treatment Duty Counsel for Legal Aid Alberta says these courts are critical for helping the crisis in the Swan City.
Everything GP | November 26, 2021

Red Deer now has a drug treatment court
Red Deer duty counsel Murray Shack has helped guide people through the justice system for 13 years and fully supports what drug courts aim to achieve.
Red Deer Advocate | November 26, 2021

It’s about time we celebrate Alberta’s invaluable duty counsel lawyers
Legal Aid Alberta President and CEO John Panusa explains how Legal Aid Alberta has continued providing services throughout the pandemic.
Calgary Herald | October 26, 2021

Grace Auger is among the eight new judges recently appointed in Alberta
Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kaycee Madu, has appointed eight new judges to the Alberta Provincial Court of Canada. That is the largest number of judges to be appointed at once in at least the last two decades. One of the new judges is Grace Auger, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 Territory.
Toronto Star | July 21, 2021

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